The Gujarat State Network of Positive People (GSNP+) set out to learn more about the employment needs of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and levels of stigma toward them in the workplace. To create a supportive and non-discriminatory work environment for PLHIV, GSNP+ recognized the need to address the drivers and facilitators of stigma among both workers (general population) and institutions (senior management and policies). The project gained buy-in from five industrial associations in the city of Surat, and as a result, GSNP+ held HIV and stigma sensitization trainings with senior leadership and workers from 11 business houses who were members of these associations. Workplace policies also were developed to support the rights of PLHIV and create an enabling environment for their employment. This project was part of a larger effort to adapt and pilot test a global stigma-reduction framework to the Indian context.
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